Han Solo, a main character in Star Wars Episode VII? It's looking more and more likely.
The new issue of Entertainment Weekly has a fairly juicy behind-the-scenes article on the casting process for Star Wars Episode VII, and one of the story's biggest pieces of news -- from anonymous sources who have "direct information about the project" -- is that Han Solo (Harrison Ford) is considered a "co-lead" in the film, equal to "three of the younger actors."
Who are those three newbies? The article doesn't say, but we can reasonably assume that John Boyega and Daisy Ridley are two of them, with the still-to-be-cast second female lead possibly rounding out the trio.
Other takeaways from the EW article (via Slashfilm):
- Full casting began in January, although Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were all brought on board by George Lucas even before Disney bought Lucasfilm.
- Production and casting were delayed when director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan began rewriting the original script by Michael Arndt, which has now been "significantly overhauled."
- The changes in the script affected and slowed down the casting process as the story and roles changed.
- Several more roles are still to be cast, including that mysterious "major female part."
- While Han is being called a "co-lead," Luke and Leia also have "significant roles" in the story.
Remember, none of this is officially confirmed by anyone, but if EW was willing to print it then the magazine's sources must be pretty solid. No doubt more will leak out in the days and months to come, but what do you make of what we've heard today?
Star Wars Episode VII is out in theaters Dec. 18, 2015.